Cribs & Canines: Dog Training for New Parents

Being a dog owner is a lot of work. Being a parent is even more work. Being both is a TON of work and responsibility!

For those looking to expand their (human) family, we at Colonial Dog Training want to make sure your canine family knows how to properly welcome this new pack family addition. With a new baby, the whole home changes, and everyone’s lifestyle will be affected. We seek to ensure that those changes for both human and dog are positive!

With a new baby, the dog must adjust to having the spotlight taken away, now shining on the new rugrat. The dog must learn how to be careful with such a cute, little human! The dog must learn that the baby is part of the family, and is not there to cause trouble or anxiety for the dog. This is why we offer the Cribs and Canines training program for expectant parents.

Boston dog trainer, Jackie O’Neil, is both a dog owner and mother, and she understands the changes a new baby’s presence can have on the family dog. With training, she will show parents/dog owners how to create and maintain consistency for the dog, both before and after the new baby’s arrival. Through the Cribs and Canines program, Jackie will address the following:


  • Building a basic foundation of obedience and recall for the dog, instilling good manners and eliminating any problematic behavior, such as inappropriate play, destructive behavior, poor response to commands, territorial aggression/guarding, and so on.
  • Showing the dog how to behave for a new baby, such as heeling/walking well with a stroller, calm and gentle behavior around and toward the baby, self-control when the owner/parent holds the baby, etc.
  •  Creating a feasible protocol that the expecting parents can follow and teach their dogs in. Once the baby is born and comes home, the parents will be well-equipped to maintain that consistent mindset and atmosphere for the dog, so that everyone can thrive and build healthy relationships together.

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If you already have a baby and have a dog exhibiting poor behavior, don’t hesitate to contact us also! It is not too late to get the behavioral change your dog needs (and ultimately, your baby needs), and we will take your family down the path of success!

For questions about our Cribs and Canines program, send us an email at, or call our office at 617.209.7721.